Tuesday, April 20
teachers have to support clubs and groups, well at least here they do. these groups meet 1-2 times a month and work towards a goal. some clubs raise money for make-a-wish, others exist for political or religious reasons. they would like each teacher to do at least 2 clubs. this is on top of all the other stuff they have to do. My guy spends about 6-7 hours a month in various staff type and committee meetings after school combined. almost all of these meetings take place on mondays. the 2nd thursday is for the department meetings, which take about another hour. Club meetings would take 2-3 hours a month. etc. Being a club sponsor is a good thing because you're directly involved with your students and their interests. you can do a lot of fun things you can't during school and take the kids on neat trips that wouldn't be possible otherwise. My guy is busy between his various teaching gigs, our business, his PhD schooling and all of the meetings and paperwork. This is why teachers are allowed to co-sponsor clubs. They can work with other staff memebers or community memebers to oversee the clubs. My guy and I had a chat earlier about what he could do. he hasn't sponsored a club in over a year and needs to get back into it. He asked me if I'd be willing to co-sponsor a club with him (i'd be doing all the work, since I have more time, but he'd be the primary sponsor, since he works there.) We chatted a bit about the topic and he said he'd like to do something with politics. I'm not against that. there's a conservative club and a liberal club, but to have one that's for everyone might be interesting to lead. After some thought, I said that it would be neat to have a weight-loss/nutirition/fitness club or some sort of group like that. A once a month meeting in the cooking classroom where kids can learn to make healthier foods, possibly from favorite foods (recipe rehab), meet people from the community (like personal trainers and various nutrition experts) to talk about better choices and supprt each other as well as motivate people to become more active. I dunno if I would have had the courage to go to such a group while in high school, but it would be neat to try it out. Many gyms and other places in the area would love to come and talk to the kids and give out free things, like a free session with a personal trainer etc. i dunno, i haven't really thought it all through. We're going to have to talk about it some more and make a few calls. what do you think?
Posted by Jilly at 6:03 PM